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Supreme Court sets out guidelines for hearing cases through video-conferencing

Team SoOLEGAL 20 Apr 2020 3:11pm

Supreme Court sets out guidelines for hearing cases through video-conferencing

New Delhi: On Monday, 6th April 2020, The Supreme Court ordered all of the country's district courts to turn to video trials and permitted presiding officers to adjourn the hearings in steps to reduce crowding in court rooms.

Chief Justice SA Bobde and the Justice DY Chandrachudandjustice L Nageswara Rao said that the courts would limit entry and maintain social distance, in addition to taking other steps to monitor the spread of Covid-19.

It claimed that the Supreme Court and the HCs are already conducting videoconferencing hearings and that the technology should also be used by other courts.It is necessary that courts at all levels respond to the call of social distancing and ensure that court premises do not contribute to the spread of virus”, the bench said.
Previously, the Supreme Court ruled that since the outbreak of Covid-19 involves social distancing and ensures proper functioning, all are required to cooperate. All proceedings will immediately be suspended.

Technology has enabled transparency and better communication, and the Indian Courts have been successful in harnessing technology. It must be ensured that the premises of the court do not lead to the spread of the virus. High courts have been allowed to implement social distancing steps through the use of technology. Each High Court is authorized to decide the procedures for the use of videoconferencing.Most courts have been asked to necessarily  retain the helpline for video feed and line feedback before and immediately after the hearing. Courts will make adequate provisions for litigants who are unable to use videoconferencing facilities.

The bench also directed the Justice Department and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to ensure a glitch-free technical infrastructure that would enable the courts to operate smoothly.



Tagged: Supreme Court   hearing cases   video-conferencing   Chief Justice SA Bobde   Justice DY Chandrachud   justice L Nageswara Rao   Covid-19  
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